Middleweight Champ Bernard Hopkins to be Honored At Gala

The African-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware today announced that world undisputed Middleweight Champion Bernard Hopkins will receive an award, in recognition of his business and financial acumen and athletic prowess, at the AACC’s 10th Annual Gala, scheduled for Saturday, December 11, 2004, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. In addition, the Chamber announced that CBS3’s Elleanor Jean Hendley, a broadcast journalist with a strong track record for community involvement, will serve as the gala’s Mistress of Ceremonies.

Hopkins, a native Philadelphian, has amassed the greatest number of successful middleweight world title defenses in history. The AACC’s recognition of the champion, however, will focus on his decision to handle both his own promotions and financial management.

A. Bruce Crawley, chairman of the African-American Chamber, stated, “We see Bernard Hopkins as a role model for young people, for athletes, non-athletes and for all entrepreneurs. He’s much more than a world champion boxer; he’s also a man who has broken the stereotype that our athletes don’t have the intelligence or solid business sense to successfully manage their own enterprises. The African-American Chamber of Commerce is very proud of Bernard Hopkins and will let him know that, with a special recognition at our 10th Anniversary Gala.”

In naming Elleanor Jean Hendley to preside at its 10th Anniversary event, the Chamber expressed its gratitude to the veteran broadcaster, who volunteered to step in as Mistress of Ceremonies when she learned that Sheryl Lee Ralph, who was originally slated for the MC position, had experienced a scheduling conflict.

“As always, Elleanor Jean Hendley made herself available to play a leadership role in an activity that’s important to the African-American community,” said Crawley. “We are honored that she will be joining us for our 10th Anniversary event.”

Founded as the African-American Chamber of Commerce of Philadelphia in 1994, the African-American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware is the leading private sector advocate for black-owned businesses and African-American economic development in the tri-state area. Headquartered at 1735 Market Street in Center City Philadelphia, the Chamber represents the interests of such businesses in both public and private sector forums. The organization also offers management and technical assistance programs to improve the effectiveness of black owned businesses in the region. According to the Census Bureau, there are 16,010 African-American-owned businesses in southeast Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and northern Delaware.

On the web: http://www.aachamber.org

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